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Entry requirements

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If you are travelling to Brazil on a British passport you won’t need a visa. Passports must be valid for at least six months and a return ticket and proof of funds may be requested on arrival. Visitors aren’t allowed to work while in Brazil.

 

Travel advice

If you’re travelling to Brazil for business, check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) page: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/brazil beforehand to help you prepare for your visit and to stay safe and secure while you are there.

 

10 Top tips

1. Research and plan early:

Is there a market there for you? Is your competitive edge in the UK transferable to Brazil? Desk research via the internet, suppliers, customers, trade associations, trade journal editors and exhibition organisers can be free of charge.

2. Seek out early sources of advice and expertise:

This should save you time and money on wasteful activity and help mitigate risk.

3. Get in touch with a global support network through UK Trade & Investment: 

Find your local International Trade Adviser and overseas-based Trade Officer through www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-trade-investment and select “Find your local trade team”.

4. Consider your pricing strategy:

Pricing must be competitive – US dollar or Brazilian Real pricing is the norm.

5. Think about language implications:

Make the effort to produce brochures in Brazilian Portuguese – it makes a difference. Also, think about translation of parts of your website.

6. Think about cultural implications:

Make sure your business cards are up to date and any titles included – Brazilians place a lot of importance on titles and good-quality business cards.

Take business suits – Brazilians generally wear formal suits to all meetings.

Try to visit Brazilians at their offices, rather than invite them to your hotel.

Consider using the Export Communications Review: 
www.chamberonline.co.uk/c0aoX_to2c5pNA.html

7. Think about your strategy:

It is often beneficial to have a local partner or local presence. Think about your strategy – can your business model support margin reduction or transfer of intellectual property?

8. Arrange a programme of visits in the market:

If you are new to business in Brazil, it is strongly advisable to arrange a programme of meetings through the local UK Trade & Investment office or other local contacts prior to travel.

In planning your itinerary, allow time at the end of your stay in Brazil to pay a second visit to those potential clients who have asked you to come back and see them again.

Be prepared to socialise and do working lunches. Do not over-cram your time with meetings.

Allow plenty of time between meetings, as the larger cities can get very congested with traffic.

9. Take part in a guides market visit:

To take advantage of travel grants, local contacts, experienced mission leaders and business networking, why not consider joining a group-guided and supported market visit with UK Trade & Investment? Details at: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-trade-investment

10. Follow up:

Don’t forget to follow up and don’t let the contacts go cold.

Stay in touch with your Brazilian contact/partner; don’t let relationships drift, and visit the market regularly.

 

Source - UKTI


 

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